3 takeaways from USA's record-setting win over Thailand

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

Morgan, U.S. Soccer's 2018 Player of the Year has 106 worldwide goals. Some perspective: The US men's team has scored 13 goals in the past 6,202 days, according to Sports Illustrated.

In the last meeting between the teams, Sweden ousted the United States in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

Thailand was never a real threat to the US national team.

Veteran Carli Lloyd then added a 13th goal of the night for the U.S.to reach the final scoreline and give the Americans a record for both margin of victory and goals scored, surpassing Germany, who beat Argentina 11-0 in 2007.

"We always want to have any world record and anything we can get over the Germans, we'll take it", USA forward Megan Rapinoe quipped after the game.

The Americans meant no disrespect, said Morgan, but they simply wanted to position themselves for a run at a second consecutive title.

The result also far outstrips the USA's own record result in a World Cup match, which had been their 7-0 defeat of Taiwan in the quarter-finals of the first tournament in 1991.

Sweden defeated Chile 2-0 earlier on Tuesday in Rennes, a match that featured a 40-minute weather delay.

Morgan rightfully claimed headlines by scoring a record five goals and adding three assists. Making its World Cup debut in 2015 four years ago, Thailand finished third in its group but earned its first win, a 3-2 victory over Ivory Coast.

The two teams were the last to kickoff in the group stage for the monthlong tournament.

The margin of victory became more and more of a talking point as the US tallied goal after goal in a prolific second-half performance that solidified their status as the tournament's co-favorites, alongside France.

The American's really put the pressure on Thailand with their tempo. The U.S. held possession for 75% of the match, while Thailand had control only 25% of the time, forcing the Thai national team to defend for much of the game.

As the match went on, it became clear that Thailand couldn't get close to goal and it failed to break past the Americans' defenders. Thailand only took two shots on goal.

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